By George Gomes
After what has been a frustrating year for the Stonehill women’s soccer team, they finished their season on a high note Saturday, Oct. 31, by crushing the LeMoyne Dolphins 4-0. The Skyhawks had control of this game from the start and showed no signs of slowing down. On Senior Day, Meagan Elliott, the lone senior on the squad, had one of the best games of her career.
Before the game, Elliott was honored for her contributions to this program over the last four years. She went out with a bang, scoring her first career hat trick with goals in the 12th, 70th and 80th minutes. Junior Andrea Mancuso also contributed with a goal in the 65th minute. Junior goalkeeper Jamie Block notched her fifth shutout of the season.
The Skyhawks had possession for the majority of the game with an astounding 21 shots on goal. The team has faced some struggles on the offensive end this season. It was refreshing to see them come out firing on all cylinders. Their defense was also strong, only allowing the Dolphins a mere one shot on goal. When the clock ran down to zero, the ladies dog-piled on Elliott- a fairytale ending to a solid career. This season was a season of unknowns. However, next season, with every starter other than Elliot returning next year, we can expect great things from the women’s soccer team.
“As a team we learned the importance of mental toughness. It is easy to enjoy playing and easy to support each other when you are winning and performing well, but when things are not going well we had to stay united, determined and motivated,” junior Daniella Ganiaris said.
This team clearly has chemistry and the will to win, which has them feeling optimistic for next season.
“We ended this season on a high note, and we need to build off of that. The majority of our team will be back in August ready to compete, including talented incoming freshman that will immediately contribute to this team,” junior Brianna Duserick said.
All of the girls were happy with their final win, but you could tell they are hungry for more.
They lose a phenomenal leader in senior Captain Elliott, but it is clear they have a strong team returning next season and they will be ready to compete for a playoff spot in the Northeast-10.